Reinstall Windows 10 using the Refresh Windows Tool from Microsoft

If you want to reinstall Windows 10 to get it running again, you can use the recently released Update Windows tool from Microsoft. This tool works on versions running Windows 10 Anniversary Update and later.

Reinstall Windows 10 using the Refresh Windows Tool from Microsoft
Reinstall Windows 10 using the Refresh Windows Tool from Microsoft

Reinstall Windows 10 using the Refresh Windows Tool from Microsoft

Update the Windows tool

Today, Windows 10 offers easy options for resetting Windows, which are available in Settings> Update> Recovery> Reset this PC. The built-in Reset option can allow you to keep the files, but will remove all installed programs and restore Windows settings back to the default settings.

This newly released standalone update window tool will install a clean copy of the latest version of OS Windows 10 on your PC and remove the apps that were installed on it.

When you run this tool, after receiving the UAC confirmation, it will extract some files and you will see a Get Things Ready screen. You must then accept the License Terms.

After doing this, the tool downloads the latest copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft servers and performs a clean install. You can not use your own ISO, which may have been stored by you locally.

You will also be offered the opportunity to:

  1. Keep only personal files
  2. Remove the personal files, where everything is deleted, including files, settings and apps.

When you use this tool, all apps that do not follow the standard Windows 1o installation, including installed programs, OEM drivers, and preinstalled software, are removed. You may also lose your digital licenses and other digital rights. You need to install your apps and reactivate Windows.

You can also access the update windows via Settings> Update and security> Recovery settings. Click on Learn how to start fresh with a clean install of Windows takes you to a web page, where you can download the tool and get more information about it.

Otherwise, this is similar to what the Media Creation Tool does, so until some new features are added to this tool, you may not find much use for it.

You can download the update window from Microsoft. I repeat this, this will work on your latest Insider Builds and Windows 10 Anniversary Update and later.

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